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Preparing for Your Financial Review Meeting

Today’s post is a guest blog post from Kim Waldman, who is our Chief Operating Officer at Stephens Wealth Management Group. So, you want to make the most of  your financial review meeting, but you ...
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Managing Money in A Relationship

If you are in a relationship, are you on the same page when it comes to finance? No?…read on! I recently watched an old episode of How I Met Your Mother, in which Lily was hiding a massive ...
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LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Welcome to Pride Month! June was chosen for LGBTQ+ Pride Month to memorialize the Stonewall Riots which took place in June 1969. If you don’t know about the riots, Drunk History put together a great ...
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Can You Afford A Pet?

We adopted some cats a couple of years ago. As of this month, they are three years old, which apparently in cat years is 28 in human years. Little did we know the expenses coming for one cat, who is ...
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Excess 529 Funds?

So, you were a #ResponsibleAdult and you planned for your child’s future with a 529 plan. They were attending school and you withdrew funds to pay for their tuition and room and board. Then, the ...
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College Funding Part 2

In my last post, I started to explain the different ways that parents (or whomever) can save money for college. This post covers 4 additional ways. Again, here is a handy dandy chart: Like ...
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College Funding Part 1

May is “529” month (get it- 5/29? It’s a complete dad joke). I will be talking about college funding. Do you have a child or grandchild that will someday attend college? Great, now go back in time ...
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Should I take the standard deduction or itemize my deductions this tax season?

It is tax time. Normally, we would have our taxes filed by now, but this year we have an extension. But I am not thinking about taxes, I am thinking about summer, which I am going to tie into taxes ...
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DIY Investing

I heard a great analogy the other day. It has to do with oil changes in your car. If you wanted to, you could figure out how to do an oil change and save yourself some money. However, you might get ...
Jill Carr CPA, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™

Meet Jill Carr

SWMG financial advisor Jill Carr loves supporting her clients in growing their financial literacy and understanding of wealth management. In that same spirit, her blog Jill’s Journal is aimed at providing newer investors with answers to common finance and investing questions.

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